Can Your Arteries Get Blocked Anywhere in the Body?

We often hear about blocked arteries in the heart and brain, but why don’t we hear more about blockages in other parts of the body? Curtis M. Rimmerman, MD, a cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, recently addressed this topic in a New York Times Ask Well blog post. In … Read More

Can Dark Chocolate Help Ease Your Pain from PAD?

It’s not news that walking is good for you. But a recent study found that a sweet treat may make walking a little easier for you if you have painful leg cramping from peripheral artery disease (PAD). Prior research showing possible benefits of eating dark chocolate has led to more studies. Recently, researchers found that … Read More

Study of PAD Patients Shows Statin Benefits

It’s well known that statins are effective in the treatment of coronary artery disease, but a recent study found that patients with advanced peripheral arterial disease also showed marked benefits from the use of statins, including 50 percent fewer heart attacks and strokes, and significantly lower amputation and death rates. Narrowed arteries cause leg pain, … Read More

PAD Problems? Medicated Stents Can Help (Video)

A new type of stent provides long-lasting help for some patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Initial trials show that these new medicated and flexible stents help restore adequate blood flow to the legs, and lessen the risk that those treated blood vessels will become narrow again. When you don’t get enough blood to your … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Peripheral Artery Disease

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about peripheral artery disease? Heather Gornik, MD, Staff Physician, Vascular Medicine, Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, will answer your questions about this medical condition during a live webchat Thursday, September 6, 2012, at noon (ET). Get answers to your health questions and concerns. … Read More